The old saying, “treat others how you wish to be treated,” stands true in a parent/nanny relationship. I once had a nanny who I had placed call me up because the family she was working for was constantly late coming home and not letting her know until 15 minutes before hand. If you say you’re going to be home by 6pm, be home at 6pm. Flexibility is always desirable, but being consistently late without notice could lead to resentment and frustration.
Create clear and open lines of communication.
Communicate clearly to your nanny and ask the same of him/her. Set a time weekly or monthly to sit down with your nanny and have a chat! Keep the tone positive and encouraging, even if providing constructive criticism.
Lastly, but most importantly, remember the role of someone caring for your children, your pride and joy, is one of the most important jobs there is. Treat your nanny with respect and let him/her know how much you value and appreciate what they do for your family. I’ve heard the saying, “a paycheck should be appreciation enough,” but remember we’re talking about people here. Your nanny is putting her heart and soul into your children—it’s amazing how far an attitude of gratitude can go.